Lust For Life
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Artist, Man of God, Madman, Genius ... Vincent Van Gogh. Kirk Douglasstars with Academy Award winner Anthony Quinn in this biography based onthe best-selling novel by Irving Stone, which was taken from lettersbetween Vincent and his brother Theo and reveals a Lust for Life. Wheredoes genius end and madness begin? Vincent Van Gogh (Douglas) starts hisinspired, turbulent life as a zealous man of God, but he soon discoversa passion for art and a love of his cousin. Spurned by the woman heloves and rejected as a painter, Van Gogh gravitates to Paris and itsvibrant Impressionist movement. There, he paints and establishes afriendship with Paul Gaugin (Anthony Quinn), but only after his deathdoes the world discover the incredible beauty that Van Gogh has painted.]]>
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As soon as the titles appear on this recently released DVD you are aware of the superb transfer to disc. Written with Van Gogh's trademark thick impasto technique, they leap off the screen with 3-dimensional brilliance, breathtakingly alive. This is important because the film contains dozens of Van Gogh's most famous art works, all filmed from the originals in the possession of private collectors and museums. With their thick swirls of color and movement, the images are stunningly beautiful; making the DVD of the film a living art gallery. This was worth the price of the DVD for me. I wish there was some way each one of the paintings could have been bookmarked on the DVD to make them easier to find. Alas no.Read more ›
The film has an intelligent script by Norman Corwin, based on Irving Stone's biographical novel. It picks up the story around 1879, when Van Gogh was 26 years old, and went to minister (unsuccessfully) to the coal miners of a destitute area, and from there takes us through his many different abodes, his relationship with "Christine", who is well played by Pamela Brown, and the flourishing of his art in his last 15 years of life.
The art direction is superb, and the recreations of the places Van Gogh painted a marvel, among them the famous yellow house he lived in and its bedroom, and my favorite, the pool hall, with its hanging lamps.
The cinematography by Freddy Young and Russell Harlan is terrific, and we get many full screen views of the original paintings, many of them lesser known pieces from private collections.
This was a multi-award winning film, and garnered an Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Anthony Quinn, who is fabulous as Paul Gauguin, whose personality was the complete opposite of his friend Van Gogh; the ego clashes when they attempted to live together are well illustrated in several scenes, and with a little addition to his nose, Quinn has been made to look exactly like Gauguin's famous self-portrait with the snake.
James Donald is excellent as Vincent's patient and generous brother, who was Van Gogh's central means of support for most of his lifetime, both financially and of his paintings.Read more ›
This is a film so rich in visual imagery (with a Technicolor 'palette' that attempts to recreate Van Gogh's view of his world), that it demands repeated viewings, just to savor the details. From wheat fields 'aflame' in color, to night skies that nearly writhe in waves of darkness, the elemental nature of the artist's vision is spectacularly captured. And in experiencing the world through his eyes, the loving, yet uncomprehending concern of his brother (James Donald), and more hedonistic, shallow patronizing, and gradual disgust of fellow artist Paul Gauguin (Anthony Quinn, in his Oscar-winning performance), become elemental 'barriers', as well. Van Gogh wants to 'speak', but no one can understand his 'language', not even the artist, himself!
This film deserves a wealth of bonus features, yet the DVD offers only a very dry audio commentary, by film historian Dr. Drew Casper, which sounds like one of those college lectures I used to sleep through! MGM produced a wonderful documentary, when the film was made, about the production, locations, and reactions of locals, who knew Van Gogh, of Kirk Douglas' dead-on appearance and portrayal. Why this was not included is a mystery, as it provides the kind of insights Casper's comments don't!Read more ›
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I swear Van Gogh came to life. Everyone is perfect and the film is compellingPublished 19 days ago by Lithuania's Pride
Great movie that depicted Van Gogh exactly. I used to work at the Yale art gallery and Van Gogh's painting Night Cafe is Yale's prize collection. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
one of the all time classics of course about a great artist and his struggles. A must see, especially as they are going to do a remake of this movie.Published 3 months ago by Radek2
Great interpretation of Van Gogh's life. I wanted to see it after I purchased a painting of Van Gogh's Starry Night. Read morePublished 4 months ago by No Prob Bob
Excelent,thank you so much it was a great gift for my dad, and he really enjoyed it.Published 4 months ago by Isaac Melendez Gamez
This movie is a biopic about Vincent Van Gogh, attempting to show how he evolved into an artist and the special challenges that he faced. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer